Ad Astra After School Program provides funding to help sport and recreation organizations deliver quality programs for children and youth in priority neighborhoods across the province.
The programs generally run between 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and aim to help children and youth get active, develop healthy eating habits, gain confidence and do better in school, which help to decrease childhood obesity and youth violence.
Goals and Activities
Funding supports after school programs that offer activities in three core areas:
1. Physical activity
Get students moving through participation in structured activities like basketball, hip hop dancing or soccer, or simply through unstructured play time.
2. Healthy eating
Teaching participants about nutrition and cooking healthy foods, with a focus on fruits and vegetables. Students prepare their own healthy after-school snacks such as fruit smoothies or quesadillas.
3. Health and wellness
Building self-esteem, resiliency, confidence and self-reliance among participants and raise awareness about anti-bullying and enhance positive relationships.
Programs may also focus additional program time on activities that are specific to participants’ needs. This programming may include cultural activities such as traditional French recipes, Aboriginal drumming and dancing.